Tuesday, 7 October 2008

Some More Quality Patch Birds

Fantastic timing this afternoon, I stepped out of work for my lunch hour at 16:00 and about five seconds later a text came through from Dad about a (or should I say the) Marsh Harrier quartering over Colyford Marsh. Ten minutes later I was watching it from the farm gate at Axmouth - lovely bird, and it was amazing to see how many Snipe it was flushing!! It certainly looks like Karen's bird from yesterday, thanks to her superb pin-sharp photo of it on her blog!! ; )

Back to this morning, Karen joined me at Beer where we sheltered from the elements to watch the sea. It was quiet, though there was a hint of some Skua-action. Three Arctics flew west, and another Skua was most probably a dark(ish) juv Long-tailed. Hopefully the features we noted about it are enough to eliminate a small Arctic. Otherwise it was just a few Common Scoters, a couple of Guillemots that was it!

After this we went to Colyford Common, and a scan over the scrape gave me a nice surprise. The RSPB 'bird' in all its glory, yes an Avocet! It's been a bumper year for this species on patch, this being our fourth - they are usually less than annual. Also on the scrape four Ringed Plovers, three Dunlins, one Ruff and 15 Black-tailed Godwits.

Sorry for no pics today, all my optics were rather sodden after this morning's seawatch! For a couple of pics of the Avocet have a look at Karen's blog (link to right).

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